Interprofessional Education in a Rural Context: How Students Learn to Work with Other Health Professions

Research aims and objectives

Collaborative practice is at the core of this ongoing qualitative research project being undertaken by a large team of educators and researchers representing ten health professional occupations: medicine, nursing, nutrition and dietetics (N&D), pharmacy, physiotherapy (Physio), occupational therapy (OT), medical radiation science (MRS, including diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine) and speech pathology (SP).

Interprofessional education has long been a focus of the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, as evidenced by local and national awards. The research began by exploring students’ perceptions of learning to work with other professions, before expanding to explore how educators work together to prepare students for collaborative practice.

Findings and researcher collaborations developed from these initial projects gave rise to funded projects, including:

      • Knots to know?: Making visible, untangling and exploring tensions associated with different pedagogical approaches to interprofessional education for healthcare students
      • Out of sight, out of mind?: Pedagogical and equity implications of videoconferencing for healthcare students’ education in rural areas (read more here)

      The diverse research team includes:


      Department of Rural Health contact:    

      Dr Anne Croker, Research Academic, Tamworth
      Email: anne.croker@newcastle.edu.au

      The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.